A recent report shows that the seafood available in your local markets and restaurants won’t stay the same, thanks to climate change and other human activities.
The report reveals that the global seafood supply “is set to change substantially” as a result of climate change, ocean acidification, overfishing, and destruction of marine ecosystems. These changes will likely cause a decline in fisheries around the world.
“The types of fish that we will have on our dinner table will be very different in the future,” co-director of the Nereus Program, William Cheung, explained in a news release. “Fisheries will be catching more warm-water species, with smaller size, and that will affect fish supply through our domestic and oversea fisheries as well as imports.”
But it’s not all doom and gloom. The report also includes ideas for coping with these changes — most importantly, improving ocean management to limit carbon dioxide emissions and ensure the sustainable use of fisheries.
To learn more:
- Read the UBC news release: Seafood supply altered by climate change.
- Read the full report: Predicting Future Oceans.
- Watch the video to see how seafood options will change.
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